Do you struggle to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? Sometimes thinking of creative ideas is the hardest part, which is why a lot of us wait until the last moment. To provide some help, we pulled together a list of gift ideas focused on different ways people express and receive love.
We often think of flowers, chocolate, or jewelry at Valentine’s Day, but gifts don’t have to be expensive or elaborate to be meaningful. When it comes down to it, Valentine’s Day is all about letting family members and friends know they’re special, thought of, cared about, and loved.
Step Into Action
Making someone’s life easier is a powerful way to show your love, especially for busy couples. If your partner lights up with joy when you fill their vehicle with gas without their asking or surprise them in bed with their morning coffee, then acts of service might speak to them the most.
Making a dinner with their favorite ingredients, cleaning the car inside and out, even putting fresh sheets on the bed and tidying up the house can be a wonderful gift. If you have a date night planned and you have children, arrange childcare and plan the night’s activities ahead of time to take the stress off your partner.
What do active listening, making eye contact, and silencing the phone have in common? For people who value quality time with you the most, these actions are essential to their feeling connected and appreciated. Even if you’re not deep in conversation, just being together without multitasking expresses the other person’s importance to you.
Depending on your budget, this could mean playing board games, going on a hike together, recreating your first date, or renting a place to get away from the daily routine and distractions. Quality time can also include going to a show or sporting event together. Create memories together by going to a paint-your-own-pottery workshop—no artistic skills required!
Go Shopping (Or Make Something)
The world is your oyster if your partner responds best to gifts! It’s not the monetary value that they appreciate; it truly is the thought that counts. Gifts are a physical token that shows you were thinking of them when you weren’t together. Does he collect or enjoy using a particular item? What does she buy when she’s in a “treat yourself” mood?
Some examples might be a book they’ve been considering, scented candles, wine, or a gift certificate for something they’ve been wanting to do. You can make a photo album of your memories together or create a playlist of songs you think they’ll like. Also, homemade chocolate truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries are impressive and easier to make than they may seem. Don’t worry about choosing the “perfect” gift. If it’s from the heart, that’s all that matters.
Physical touch is a natural way to show affection at any time, and if you’re in a romantic relationship with someone who primarily expresses love through touch, Valentine’s Day offers lots of gift-giving options! Consider a couple’s massage, or an at-home bath kit with bath bombs, bubbles, soaps and candles. Also think of soft socks, warm mittens, lotion, or even yoga classes. A weighted blanket feels like a full-body hug and is a welcome gift for anyone!
Write It Down
Our number-one advice on Valentine’s Day: give them a card! (What else would you expect us to say?!) But seriously, words matter. Write down reasons your loved one makes you smile, some shared memories you treasure, ways they make the world a better place, or even just a list of words that come to mind when you think of them. Combined with a lovingly-chosen card, you’ll make it a Valentine’s Day to remember.
As a bonus, a card also works as a gift. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, it’s for friends, kids, family–anyone to whom you want to bring a smile of delight. This is especially important for people in our lives who may feel left out of the romantic focus of this holiday. Sending someone a card, dropping off a small gift, making them a musical playlist, or treating them to a coffee lets them know they’re important to you.
Hopefully these suggestions will get those creative ideas flowing. Celebrate confidently, knowing that whatever item or action you choose, it’s sure to make your loved one’s world brighter when it’s a gift that comes from your heart!